HSK Sample Test Answer: 比 (Basic)

Basic Level 初级 (chūjí)

Correct answer: C
With the correct anwer C, the whole sentence means:
She is three years younger than me. 
Answer Analysis for HSK Test Questions: Chinese grammar-比:

In Chinese grammar, the preposition “比 (bǐ)” is used to express comparison between two objects. The correct word order of a sentence is as follows:
A 比  B higher (or older, etc.)
So in the four choices, only the choice C 她比我小三岁 is correct.
Other examples:
苹果比橘子贵 (Píngguǒ bǐ júzi guì) Apple is more expensive than orange.
苹果比橘子贵两块 (Píngguǒ bǐ júzi guì liǎng kuài) Orange is two Yuan cheaper than apple.
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0 thoughts on “HSK Sample Test Answer: 比 (Basic)”

  1. I had learned it in my HSK test prep lessons last year. I can say 他比我很忙. Am I right?

  2. I think if you throw away the words 很, and the sentence will be perfect. In Chinese grammar, you cannot use the adverb of degree such as 很, 太 or 非常 when you use 比 in the adjective-predicate sentence.

  3. But you can add some adverbs such as 更 or 还 that can express the degree of comparison in Chinese grammar. For example: 他比我更忙. He is much busier than me.

  4. Thank for this well writed article. I will visit this blog more! How can i stay updated? (RSS) or something??

  5. Usually, we use 贵 to mean expensive. So, to be accurate, there is no need to use comparative degree.

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